Repeat Failure: Why Australia’s workforce programs aren’t working

Repeat Failure: Why Australia’s workforce programs aren’t working undertakes a meta-analysis of evaluations previously conducted of several key employment and mutual obligation programs.

The report aims to understand whether existing Government approaches to employment, training and mutual obligation are achieving their goals. It also seeks to understand the true purpose of mutual obligation programs in Australia, and how approaches are shaped by biases in the areas of social security and employment policy.

The report finds that:

  • Even though unemployment is low, long-term unemployment has barely budged
  • People out of work are spending an average of five years looking for work
  • These Australians need entry-level roles, but jobs are disappearing
  • Government strategies ignore these people, focusing on short courses and mutual obligation instead of building long-term skills.